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Physical Medicine Coding – Instructional video

The attached video presentation was created by  Dr. Christian Dodge and provides basic instruction on the proper use of CPT codes for naturopathic physicians. Dr. Dodge is on the clinical faculty of Bastyr University and has worked closely with the Washington State Department of Labor and Industry.  He is also a long time member of […]

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Guidelines for Appropriate and Valuable Referrals to a Dermatologist – Part II

Impetigo and pyoderma may indicate serious medical/surgical problems. With adequate clinical and laboratory experience, a primary care physician may be able to diagnose and treat impetigo and other bacterial pyodermas with topical and oral antibiotics.   A referral to a dermatologist would be indicated if: The diagnosis was uncertain. Lack of satisfactory response to treatment […]

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Working in a Community Health Clinic: One Member’s Experience

When I began studying medicine, I envisioned practicing general primary care as a naturopathic physician helping the underserved. Since starting work at HealthPoint in 2006, I’ve been able to accomplish just that. Healthpoint (formerly known as Community Health Centers of King County) is a large community health care organization assisting underserved populations of greater King […]

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Personal Finance: Owning vs Renting – Which is Better?

[Editors Note:  From time to time, Vital News publishes articles and information on issues not directly related to practicing naturopathic medicine, but which are relevant for running a successful business and being successful financially. We’re grateful to Sandy Voit for offering us a number of topics in this area.  As the former Dean of Students […]

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Universal Single-Payer Health Care’s Envisaged Intersection with Natural Medicine: Part 3 of a 3-Part Series

There are certain commonalities that are relevant to state proposed single-payer plans. Of interest to natural medicine are those features that pertain to private practice physicians and primary care providers, definitions which generally fit naturopathic physicians (NDs) in states that offer NDs licensing. In states that do not offer licensing to naturopathic physicians some of […]

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Medicaid – A New Environment for NDs

As we hope you are aware, beginning in January 2014, naturopathic physicians will be eligible to participate in the Washington state Medicaid program – now also known as ‘Apple Health.’ This is a significant achievement for our profession in terms of recognition and inclusion of naturopathic medicine in the health care system. Since Medicaid serves […]

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Are you compliant with the HIPAA the Final Rule Regulations effective 9/23/2013?

By the time you read this article, you should be aware of the Federal Regulation changes that apply to “Covered Entities.” These changes strengthen the privacy and security protections for health information established under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). Here is a brief summary of the Final Rule: • Many […]

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